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Over the years, we have had some interesting and new franchise concepts. This week Franchise Interviews is meeting with Tony Brea, Co-Founder of 1800Fix.com. The mission of 1800Fix.com is to become the #1 alternative "secondary technology market" service and sales provider. 1800Fix.com provides consumers with a superior, alternative channel for smartphone and technology/electronics repair, sales, trade-ins, and must have accessories, making the latest technology both attainable and affordable for everyone to own and maintain. As Tony mentions on the show, they fix almost everything but toasters.
In part 2, you will hear a clip from our interview with franchise consultant Tom Scarda on our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.
We have a great show today - We are meeting with Mark Dawson, CEO and President of bluefrog Plumbing + Drain.
Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ was launched in 2014 by a team with decades of plumbing franchise industry experience. It is a proud member of Home Brands Group™, which manages popular franchise companies that date back to 1979, including the Re-Bath® full bathroom remodeling brand. While bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ is the newest national plumbing company, we've already made a splash, mixing proven systems and years of experience with new innovation and exceptional territory availabilit
We are meeting with franchise veteran and expert Chris Simnick. Chris Simnick is Founder of FranchiseTeacher.com which is part of the Synergy Franchise Group Network. Chris is also President and Founder of Synergy Franchise Development, Inc, and is Managing Member and Founder of Synergy Franchise Group, LLC; a Florida based Limited Liability Company.
Their "Teach! Coach! Consult! Advise!" is more than a phrase; it is at the heart of their core values. FranchiseTeacher.com along with Synergy Franchise Group, LLC specializes in the creation and implementation of key strategies and business plans for concepts looking to enter franchising, franchise systems that are getting ready to launch as well as young and mature systems looking to "take the next step" in the growth of their systems.
Chris has over 30 years of business and franchise experience, as an independent business owner, franchisee and franchisor. His experience is at many levels and he has held numerous positions. Chris' people & sales skills along with his support, operations and management style, have allowed him to put together systems and mentoring teams in franchise development, recruitment, support, financial and operations which are respected throughout franchising.
In part 2 and 3 of today’s show, you will hear several interviews with franchise systems FranchiseTeacher.com has worked with. The first interview you will hear is with British Swim School. This interview was from a couple years ago and Rita Goldberg, the founder of British Swim School was a wonderful guest. The next show was also from over a year ago with J Dog Junk Removal. J Dog Junk Removal is a full-service junk removal company that removes almost anything. They offer junk removal services for your home or business. Find out what makes them unique by listening to segment 3.
We are meeting with Charles Hibble, CEO of the idropped franchise opportunity. iDropped provides fast, on-site mobile device repair for the most popular brands of mobile devices with a specialization in Apple and the Samsung Galaxy series. The main reason that iDropped has been so successful is that consumers don't want to be without a cell phone for long, so they'll gladly drop it off for an hour to get fixed while running other errands.
We are meeting Matt Kelton, CEO of Showhomes. Founded in 1986, Showhomes has helped Realtors® and homeowners sell more than 25,000 residential properties worth more than $8.5 billion, by transforming high-end vacant houses into fully-furnished, inviting, valued Showhomes. Currently serving prominent communities in 18 states, Showhomes is a rapidly expanding franchise system with nearly 60 offices nationwide. Boasting the expertise of long-time real estate and interior design professionals, Showhomes is a one-stop-shop for home staging, home redesign, “One-Day Makeover’s” for currently occupied homes and its proprietary Home Manager program – a proven model to get upscale vacant homes off the market, faster. Every major national media outlet in the U.S. has praised the work of Showhomes, the company’s work has also been featured on Oprah, HGTV and the Travel Channel.
We are meeting with Jeff Schwietert of the Schwietert’s Cone and Candy franchise opportunity. Schwietert’s is a family run, candy and ice cream franchise. With three locations along the Oregon coast they are eager to begin branching out. Jeff Schwietert, son of the founders took it upon himself to drop out of college in order to grow the family business and bring the delectable treats of Schwieter’s cones and candies to the Portland area.
We are meeting with with Matt Barker, the cofounder of the Totally Nutz franchise.
Founded in 1992 and franchising since May 2014, Totally Nutz’ has attracted thousands of customers with its delectable flavors and varieties of cinnamon glazed nuts, including almonds, pecans and cashews
Both Yvette and her husband, Matt, were marketing executives who drew tired of the rat race and started looking for their “next big thing.” That light bulb moment came as they recalled all the conventions they used to attend and the thousands of people walking around each show with some kind of handout.
Under the name Barker’s Olde Fashioned Almonds, Matt and Yvette started roasting Cinnamon Glazed Almonds in 1990 and began selling their product at various festivals and fairs. Over the years, their customers would tell how much they enjoyed the product and wished more variety would be offered. Matt and Yvette started experimenting and came up with several delectable flavors and varieties.
We are meeting with Chris Rimlinger, VP of Marketing for the Money Mailer franchise. For over 34 years, Money Mailer franchisees and their staffs have helped local business owners increase market share. Their targeted, hyper-local approach allows business to reach prospects with offers in the mail, online, on mobile devices and through social media. Coupon usage continues to soar with 86% of households now using coupons and more strong growth ahead. Learn more about this exciting opportunity by listening to the show.
We are meeting with Bill Swanson, CEO of Cartridge World.
Cartridge World background:
• Cartridge World is the world’s leading retailer and franchisor specializing in selling brand name printers, high-quality ink and toner cartridges, printing supplies and service for business and domestic customers.
• The company pioneered an industry 20 years ago, and is still the global franchise leader with 1,400 stores in 50 countries.
• This year, Cartridge World will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in the U.S.
• Cartridge World was named #90 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list.
• While Staples and Office Max/Depot have announced plans to close 625 stores, Cartridge World is looking to fill that need in communities across the country. Ex-big box store managers and B2B sales peoples are ideal franchisee candidates for the company.
In Part 2, we have a clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast. Franchise Interviews meets with Jeffrey Bier who owns and operates the Franklin Lakes, New Jersey location and Norman Friedman a multi store Cartridge World owner who owns and operates the Brick, New Jersey and the Toms River, New Jersey Cartridge World locations.
We are meeting with Dave Schafers of Meineke, Sr. VP of Business Development Driven Brands Inc. Formerly known as the muffler repair experts, Meineke has evolved its menu of product offerings to meet the demands of the changing marketplace. Formerly known as the muffler repair experts, Meineke has evolved its menu of product offerings to meet the demands of the changing marketplace. Today, the Charlotte-based franchise has emerged as the one-stop shop for tires, brake repairs, tune-ups, alignments, shocks and struts, routine maintenance and more. The brand evolution is paying off in a big way. The average age of cars on the road has climbed from 8.2 years in 2000 to 11.2 years in 2013, and general, non-warranty automotive repairs and maintenance is projected to cost consumers $1.6 billion in 2014.
Franchise Interviews meets with the Gravity Vault franchise. Lucas and Tim will go over their backgrounds and the inception story behind starting Gravity Vault, as well as go over the industry and growth of the concept. Rock climbing duo turned business partners, Lucas and Time were named New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year. They currently have 2 locations in New Jersey and are just about to open their 3rd. Lucas and Tim have also trained mechanics and engineers in rappelling to then perform maintenance on a 300 foot-long, $500-million dollar Army spy blimp. After working "real jobs" through their 20s, the friend decided to pursue their passion for rock climbing as a business venture in their 30s.
ABOUT GRAVITY VAULT
Lucas Kovalcik and Tim Walsh - avid climbers and entrepreneurial minded - decided to open their first indoor rock gym, called The Gravity Vault, in 2004. Natives of Bergen County, NJ, they knew there was a need for a state-of-the-art climbing gym in the county and wanted to share their passion for the sport. Opening the first Gravity Vault was only the first step in creating a franchise. They knew how fast the sport was growing and wanted to have a solid foundation with at least two operating gyms before they franchised. Their gyms have been featured in Fitness Magazine, the New York Times, The Bergen Record, 201 Magazine, Rockland Today Magazine and Urban Climber Magazine to name just a few publications. Gravity Vault also has been featured on Fox News and two local cable news programs. In addition to many rock-climbing awards, Kovalcik and Walsh were named co-2013 New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Listen to the show to learn more.
In Part 2, we get tips from franchise legend John Hewitt and one of Liberty Taxes' top franchisees.
We are meeting John Blair, Director of Marketing for Frannet. FranNet is North America's most respected leader in matching individuals with franchise opportunities. Based in Louisville, Ky., FranNet has more than 100 consultants across North America and Europe who use a proprietary profiling and consultative process to determine a business model unique to each client's goals, skill sets and interests, and has matched thousands of entrepreneurs to rewarding small business opportunities. FranNet has been recognized by INC. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America for the last four years.
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